Skip to main content

Elevator Pitch

An elevator pitch or elevator speech is a short summary used to quickly and simply describe one's self.

The name "elevator pitch" reflects the idea that it should be possible to deliver the summary in the time span of an elevator ride, or approximately 30 to 60 seconds. You need to craft an elevator pitch that is so compelling, employers can’t pass up the chance to interview you. This  60-second summary will define your interests and experiences to the employer and highlight what makes you unique to your competitors.

Your pitch should include the following:

  • Introduction: Greet the employer with a smile and firm handshake. Introduce yourself and offer a copy of your resume.
  • Objective: Tell the employer what type of employment you seek (e.g. internship, co-op, full-time).
  • Summary: State education, experiences, strengths, and specific interests in the company briefly.
  • Closing: Express your interest in continuing the conversation. End with a question: What are the next steps to obtaining an interview? Would you like me to follow-up with an email or phone call?  


Explore our powerful career resource tool, designed to meet the needs of WVU students and alumni.

Student Login